Zainab bint Muhammad

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Zainab bint Muhammad (Arabic: زينب بنت محمد‎) was the eldest daughter of the Islamic prophet Muhammad from his first wife Khadijah. Zainab died in 8 A.H.[1]

After Al-Hijra[edit]

When Muhammad migrated from Mecca to Medina, his daughter Zaynab could not bear to leave her non-Muslim husband Abu al-Aas ibn al-Rabee, and was not required to do so; Muhammad did not divorce them.[2]

One source states:

At one time there were three girls living in the household of Khadija. Their names were Zainab, Ruqayya and Umm Kulthoom. Zainab, the eldest of the three, was married to one Abu-Al'As ibn er-Rabi' of Makkah. This man fought against the Prophet in the battle of Badr, and was captured by the Muslims. To ransom his freedom, his wife sent to the Prophet, a necklace which at one time had belonged to Khadija, and she had given it to her as a present on her marriage. Abul-'As was set free; he returned to Makkah, and sent Zainab to Medina as he had promised to do. Zainab, however, died soon after her arrival in Medina. Later, Abul-'As also went to Medina, accepted Islam, and lived with the Muslims.[3]

Daughters of Muhammad and Khadijah[edit]

The daughters attributed to Muhammad are:

  1. Zainab bint Muhammad married to her maternal cousin Abu al-Aas ibn al-Rabee (before al-Hijra)
  2. Ruqayyah bint Muhammad was first married to Utbah ibn Abu Lahab and then to Uthman ibn Affan
  3. Umm Kulthum bint Muhammad was first married to Utaybah bin Abu Lahab and then to Uthman ibn Affan after the death of her sister Ruqayyah
  4. Fatimah bint Muhammad was married to Ali ibn Abi Talib

According to some Shia Muslim sources, he only had one daughter, Fatimah.

See also[edit]


  1. ^ Ibn Kathir. Al-Sira Al-Nabawiyya (PDF). Garner Publishing Limited. p. 438 Vol. 4. Retrieved 31 August 2014. 
  2. ^ Marriage to a 'past': Parents should not reject a proporal without a good reasons - and being a revert with a past is not an acceptable one
  3. ^ Restatement of History of Islam (Restatement of History of Islam, by Sayed Ali Asgher Razwy, CE 570 to 661 : Uthman, the Third Khalifa of the Muslims: Uthman's Marriages)

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